GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said a little blood is worth a win anytime.
“He paid the price to win,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “That’s not a bad thing. I’d take a bleeding nose for a win, wouldn’t you?”
Winnik redirected Vernon Fiddler’s(notes) pass past Martin Brodeur(notes) to make it 3-2 moments before he was cut by Devils defenseman Mark Fraser(notes). Fraser was given a minor penalty, and Zbynek Michalek(notes) scored 1:16 into the ensuing power play on a blast from the point with help from Taylor Pyatt’s(notes) screen to give Phoenix a two-goal lead.
“Fids did a great job of winning (the faceoff),” Winnik said. “I managed to cycle off of it and I happened to beat the guy to the net.”
“We allowed them to come back in the game and we just kind of stepped on it at the end,” Winnik said.
Matthew Lombardi(notes) and Peter Mueller(notes) also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a four-game home losing streak. Phoenix won for the second time in its past seven games (2-3-2) despite being outshot 34-19, including 15-1 in the second period.
“In the second period we didn’t execute well with the puck and couldn’t catch up to the pace of the game,” Tippett said. “That was a wake up call for us. This last four, five games is the first real adversity we’ve gone through this year. It’s going to build character.”
“It was all one play,” Rolston said. “They got the backdoor goal and they got the power play out of it and scored. They were resilient tonight.”
Mueller stole the puck off the stick of Devils defensemen Colin White(notes) just inside the Phoenix zone and outraced the defense down the ice before beating Brodeur with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 with 30.4 seconds to go in the first.
“Confidence is earned,” Tippett said. “The goal he scored tonight was an outstanding individual effort. We’ve been looking for that all year.”
Rolston took a long outlet pas from Rod Pelley(notes) at the Coyotes’ blue line, skated in and beat Bryzgalov with a wrister over the goalie’s blocker to cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:21 of the second period.
“I felt like I had a bounce back game (Tuesday) against the Rangers,” said Rolston, who ended a nine-game scoring drought. “I think that’s what I needed. Even though I didn’t score I got some opportunities and got my confidence back.”
“In the first period they had the two goals and we talked about what they were doing well,” said Devils coach Jacques Lemaire. “In the second period we came back strong.”
NOTES: Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski(notes) served the second game of his two-game suspension for elbowing the Islanders’ John Tavares(notes) in the chin Saturday. … Zajac has three goals in four assists in his last four games. … Mueller’s goal was his second in three games after going two months without one. … Parise’s assist was his 300th career point.